2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
March 28, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Wynn, Thiesfeldt, Krug,
Ziegelbauer, Van Roy, LeMahieu and Kaufert, cosponsored by Senators
Grothman, Leibham and Cowles. Referred to Committee on Homeland
Security and State Affairs.
1An Act to amend
125.32 (3) (b) and 125.68 (4) (b) of the statutes; relating to:
2closing hours for certain alcohol beverage retailers.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, with limited exceptions, no person may sell alcohol
beverages to a consumer unless the seller possesses a license or permit authorizing
the sale. A Class "A" license authorizes the retail sale of fermented malt beverages
(beer), in original packages, for consumption off the licensed premises. A "Class A"
license authorizes the retail sale of intoxicating liquor, including wine, in original
packages, for consumption off the licensed premises. A retailer operating under a
Class "A" license may not sell beer between midnight and 8:00 a.m., although a
municipality may, by ordinance, impose more restrictive "closing hours" than these.
"Class A" retail premises may not remain open for the sale of intoxicating liquor
between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
This bill changes the morning closing hours for Class "A" and "Class A" retailers
from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., so that a Class "A" retailer may sell beer from 6:00 a.m.
until midnight unless the municipality in which it is located establishes more
restrictive closing hours, and a "Class A" retailer may sell intoxicating liquor from
6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB63, s. 1
125.32 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Class "A" premises may remain open for the conduct of their 3
regular business but may not sell fermented malt beverages between 12 midnight 4
and 8 6
a.m. Subsection (2) does not apply to Class "A" premises between 12 5
midnight and 8 6
a.m. or at any other time during which the sale of fermented malt 6
beverages is prohibited by a municipal ordinance adopted under par. (d).
AB63, s. 2
125.68 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) "Class A" retailers.
No premises for which a "Class A" license or 9
permit has been issued may remain open for the sale of intoxicating liquor between 10
the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 6